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August 30, 2019 Steinway Piano Gallery

Scott Kirby In Concert

September 7th @ 7pm

A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of
six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He
worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and
Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an
English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New
Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street
performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags
of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals
in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway,
New Zealand, and Hungary.
Kirby has served as Musical Director of the “Scott Joplin Ragtime
Festival” in Sedalia, MO, and of the “Rocky Mountain Ragtime and
American Music Festival” in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the
“San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute.” His appearances include a
segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in
1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby cofounded
a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made
25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano
and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George
Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS
News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of
the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.”
Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while
living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano
compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings
(belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new
musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project
“Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and
divides his time between composing, painting, performing and
teaching.